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How to Renew a Driver's License in Florida

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At the time of your drivers license renewal, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) sends drivers a reminder notice by mail. Within the renewal notice you will find:

  • The different ways in which you are eligible to renew.
  • Requirements you may have to meet.
  • Your renewal fees ($48 for a Class E, eight-year license)

Even though this is a helpful service, Florida drivers cannot rely solely on the DMV. In the event that you don't receive a renewal notice, the FL DMV expects you to take responsibility and renew drivers license credentials at the appropriate time. To prevent any problems in the future, it's a good idea to mark the expiration date on your calendar.

More Important Information on Driver's License Renewals

Drivers License Renewal Requirements in Florida

Fortunately, the FL DMV gives drivers a great deal of leeway when it comes to renewing drivers licenses:

  • You can renew license credentials up to 18 months before its expiration date.
  • You can renew expired drivers license cards 12 months after the expiration date.
    • Waiting longer than 12 months after will result in your need to pay a $15 late fee.
  • There are three ways to complete a drivers license renewal in Florida: online, in person or by mail.

Online Drivers License Renewal in Florida

Most Florida residents don't have to wait in line to renew driving license credentials. With the DHSMV's GoRenew online portal, you can receive your renewed driver's license in the mail with just a few clicks.

  1. To renew your driver license online, you must meet the following requirements:
    • You are a U.S. citizen.
    • Your last license was renewed in person at a FL DMV office.
    • You are not renewing a Commercial Driver's License.
    • Your current driver license is valid - not suspended, canceled or revoked.
  2. To renew driving licenses online you will need to have the following information at hand:
    • Your current FL driver's license number
    • Your date of birth
    • The last four digits of your Social Security Number

Visit the GoRenew website and provide the requested information to undergo drivers license renewal in Florida.

In Person Drivers License Renewal in Florida

  1. Renewing driving licenses in person is simple: Make your way over to the nearest FL DMV office to you.It's recommended that you make an appointment to renew your driver's license beforehand either online or over the phone.
  2. To renew a FL driver license, you will need to bring the original or certified copies of:
    • One primary form of identification:
      • Birth certificate
      • Valid passport or passport card
      • Certificate of Naturalization
      • Certificate of Citizenship.
    • One proof of Social Security Number:
      • Social Security card
      • W-2 Form
      • Paycheck
    • Two proofs of Residential Address:
      • Voter Registration Card
      • Vehicle registration
      • Utilities bill(dated within 60 days of the application)
      • Bank statements ((dated within 60 days of the application)
      • Work order (dated within 60 days of the application)
  3. Drivers 80 years of age or older are required to pass a vision test before renewing drivers licenses. Set up an appointment at your local driver's licensing office to eliminate long wait time.
  4. Non-U.S. Citizens must present additional documentation as proof of legal presence in order to renew drivers licenses in Florida. You will need to bring one of these documents:
    • Permanent Resident Card I-551
    • I551 stamp on your passport
    • I-94 form
    • Immigration judge's order granting asylum with your A-number
    • I-797 (You may also bring any other document from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services with your A-number, stating that you have been granted asylum.)

Note: When renewing your driving license, you can also obtain your voting registration at the local DMV office.

Renew a Drivers License for Out-of-State Military Members

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles makes it easy for out-of-state military members to renew a driving license. If you are deployed outside of the state or in another country, you will be able to renew your FL driver's license by mail or online.

  1. You can use the GoRenew Online System if:
    • You are a U.S. citizen.
    • Your last driving license was renewed in person.
    • You are not renewing a Commercial Driver's License.
    • Your current driver's license is not suspended, canceled or revoked.
  2. Visit the GoRenew website and provide the requested information to get yourdrivers license renewed.

Note: If you have a digital image license, you can also renew your license by mail. Enter you license number here to download a form that you can send by mail. Be careful that you do not renew an expired drivers license to prevent paying late fees.

  1. If you are moving out of state, be sure that your vehicle insurance policy covers your needs in a new state. There are specific insurance requirements you must meet, and you can review cheap auto insurance quotes online.

Renew an Out-of-State Driver's License

You cannot renew an out-of-state drivers license in Florida. Instead, you will have to follow the steps to get a new Florida Driver's License, including how to take the written and road tests.
Keep in mind that if you recently moved to Florida, you have 30 days from setting up new residence to get a new Florida drivers license.
Before you apply for a new Florida driving license, you'll first need to take steps toward changing your mailing address.

  1. Select a trustworthy website that fulfills mailing address changes online.
  2. Be sure that the address change website changes your address with the United States Postal Service.
  3. Have your old mailing address, along with your new Florida address on hand.
  4. Have a major debit or credit card ready to pay the associated fees.
  5. Wait 48 hours for your address change to process with the USPS.
  6. Once your mailing address has been changed, begin the process for address change on drivers licenses in Florida.

Familiarize yourself with the Change Address page to see who else you need to notify.

Renew an Expired Driver's License in Florida

  1. If you have an expired drivers license, you still have time to renew it. The DHSMV allows drivers to renew expired drivers licenses within 12 months of its expiration date.
  2. You will be required to pay a late fee of $15, and may even be asked to pass the written exam. The FL DMV locations accept:
    • Cash
    • Check
    • Visa
    • MasterCard
    • American Express
    • Discover
  3. If you are required to retake the written exam and haven't read the manual in years â€" get extra help. With the Drivers Study Guide and Practice Test, you will be a road rules and traffic law expert in no time.

Renew a Suspended or Revoked Driver's License

You will not be allowed to renew your driver license if it has been suspended or revoked. The FL DMV will instead require you to follow the process to reinstate your driver license. This could mean:

  • Paying delinquent fees.
  • Taking an accredited driver's education course.
  • Getting SR-22 insurance.

If you want to learn more about your driver's license suspension, cancellation or revocation, you can order a driving record. A driving record contains accurate descriptions of:

  • Traffic convictions
  • Delinquent fees
  • Collisions
  • Suspensions, revocations or cancellations
  • Deferred prosecutions
  • Failure to appear in court

Drivers License Replacement in Florida

If your drivers license was lost or stolen, DMV.com recommends that you:

  1. Report immediately to the police to avoid identity theft. You will want to get a copy of the police report to show the Florida DMV proof of your stolen drivers license.
  2. Once local law enforcement has been notified, follow the instructions above to renew drivers license credentials online or in person. Keep in mind that there are certain requirements you must meet to renew your driver's license online.

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Submitted by clennonm on 17th Sep 2014

I live in palm beach county;

I live in palm beach county; but the nearest DMV is in Broward, can I renew in person at any Broward DMV?

Submitted by clennonm on 17th Sep 2014

I live in palm beach county;

I live in palm beach county; but the nearest DMV is in Broward, can I renew in person at any Broward DMV?

Submitted by agsaravana on 6th Sep 2014

Hi, I am a non-immigrant. I

Hi,

I am a non-immigrant. I had a Minnesota drivers license which expired in july 2013. Now I moved to FL. Can I renew my license here? If so, Should I take both written and driving test.

Thanks

Submitted by Cassybittar on 11th Jul 2013

My driver license expires in

My driver license expires in 07-12-2013. How long am I allowed to drive after expiration date?

Submitted by Linda Gau on 10th Mar 2013

I renewed my drivers license

I renewed my drivers license via mail. I received my license. It does not have a gold star in the upper right hand corner. This is necessary to use for identification when flying. How come there wasn't a gold star and how do I obtain license with gold star?

Submitted by Dollbaby on 13th Nov 2013

It will cost you another $32

It will cost you another $32 at the local office to get a gold star! Go figure!

Submitted by Mariana Herceg on 5th Feb 2013

This website needs to be

This website needs to be updated. To renew in person has more requierments and the fee is $54( aprox.)

Submitted by anthonymigliore on 24th Sep 2012

I just paid child support to

I just paid child support to get my license back how much is it going to cost me for the renewel fee

Submitted by robintafoya@roc... on 23rd Mar 2012

We just moved to the haines

We just moved to the haines city area and would like to know what I need for a florida drivers license. Im 51 and my husband is 59. We both drive. (Tests etc...)THANK YOU

Submitted by solisd64@yahoo.com on 10th Feb 2012

My husband has to renew his

My husband has to renew his license before May, does he have to go all the way to plant city to renew, or can he renew here in dade city. He is a permanent resident that is why I'm asking. Thank you.

Submitted by AngelaDowdy on 22nd Feb 2012

I need my license renew by

I need my license renew by March,25 2012

Submitted by angelise89 on 18th Nov 2011

your fees are outdated they

your fees are outdated they are all above 30 dollars now!

Submitted by Lois Maisel on 10th Jul 2011

I just noticed that my

I just noticed that my license had expired, in May. I'm in New England and can't get down to visit an office. How can I renew?

Submitted by Anonymous on 12th Mar 2011

if you have had cataract

if you have had cataract surgery does that require a special eye test??

Submitted by Anonymous on 20th Jan 2011

PLEASE INDICATED HOW LONG

PLEASE INDICATED HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE YOUR LICENSE WHEN YOU RENEW IT.

Submitted by tawasal on 10th Apr 2013

I renew my Driver License six

I renew my Driver License six weeks ago, i tried tio check on line when was cleared its show was Valid, but till today no sign.

I stoped to DMV office ask the clerk she said to wait. I am planned to go N.Y and my 60 day temporary one is going to expired in two weeks, what can I do to get my License before travel.

Submitted by mommymisty13517 on 27th Feb 2009

PLEASE SHOW EVERYONE HOW TO

PLEASE SHOW EVERYONE HOW TO CHECK HOW LONG BEFORE THEY WILL GET THEIR NEW LICENSE, AFTER THEY HAVE REPLACED OR RENEWED IT. THANK YOU.